2017 Worlds Championships News
Written by John Crumlish    Friday, 06 October 2017 00:46    PDF Print
Black Ready To Reset For Worlds Finals
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Ellie Black of Canada said she was satisfied with her third-place all-around performance in qualifications at this week's world championships in Montreal, but she is eager for a fresh start in Friday's all-around final.


Ellie Black (Canada)

"My goal coming into any competition is trying to be strong and confident, and attack my routines the best I possibly can, because then you have the best possible outcome," said Black, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Not everything was perfect, but I was able to get through the four events, and get a feel for the competition."

Black also qualified fourth to Sunday's balance beam final. Black said each phase of the meet offers its own challenges and the chance to improve, no matter how successful her initial performance in Montreal was.

"Every day of competition is different for every athlete," she said. "It's an incredible thing to have such a great day of competition, but we have to put that aside. We'll move onto the next competition, and really try and work on those little things that we want to make better. Every day is a new day, so we'll just kind of reset and go from there."

Black already owns the best all-around finishes for a Canadian gymnast in the all-around, finishing fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and seventh at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.

The women's all-around final begins at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 05 October 2017 23:05    PDF Print
Xiao Leads Asian Sweep of Medals at Worlds
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China's Xiao Ruoteng rallied to take the men's all-around title Thursday at the world gymnastics championships in Montreal, winning the gold medal over teammate Lin Chaopan and Japan's Kenzo Shirai.

China's Xiao Ruoteng rallied to take the men's all-around title Thursday at the world gymnastics championships in Montreal, winning the gold medal over teammate Lin Chaopan and Japan's Kenzo Shirai.

Xiao, 21, succeeds Japan's Kohei Uchimura, who suffered an ankle injury in qualification and was forced to withdraw. Since 2009, Uchimura had won a record six consecutive world all-around titles and both Olympic all-around titles.

Second all-around in qualification, Xiao tallied 86.933, sealing victory with 14.400 on high bar in the last rotation. His lowest score was 13.800 on still rings. Xiao finished ninth at the 2015 World Championships, but missed making the China's Olympic team in Rio, where its team bronze was its only medal.

Lin, 22, took silver with 86.448, giving China its first-ever 1-2 sweep in the all-around. The Chinese were consistent if not spectacular; Xiao's top scores were second on pommel horse, and third on vault and high bar, while Lin had the third-best scores on floor exercise, pommel horse and vault (tied with Xiao).

Competing in his first major all-around final, Shirai earned the best scores of the day on floor exercise (15.733) and vault (15.000). Shirai was a member of Japan's gold-medal winning team at the 2016 Olympic Games and 2015 Worlds, and is a two-time world champion on floor exercise.

Xiao is the fourth Chinese gymnast to capture the world all-around title — following Li Xiaoshuang (2005), Feng Jing (2001) and Yang Wei (2006 and 2007) — and extends Asia's streak of men's all-around titles to a 13th consecutive year. Since Japan's Hiroyuki Tomita won the 2005 World Championships, Japanese and Chinese have won every world and Olympic all-around title.

Xiao, Lin and Shirai make up the first all-Asia podium since the 1972 Olympics, when Sawao Kato, Eizo Kenmotsu and Akinori Nakayama swept the medals for Japan. (Kenmotsu, Mitsuo Tsukahara and Nakayama also swept the 1970 Worlds.)

The performance of Russia's David Belyavsky was the biggest shock of the night. The two-time Olympian competed cleanly and confidentally all night, and led Xiao by more than half a point after his 15.266 on parallel bars in the fifth rotation. Needing just to stay on the apparatus, Belyavsky dropped off on his simplest release, a Yamawaki, which he arguably does better than any other gymnast in the world. He scored 13.200 to finish fourth (86.315), while a 13.819 would have given him the gold and 13.334 the silver.

Belyavsky and his coach were shocked by his mistake, and afterwards were at a loss for words. Teammate Nikita Nagornyy (10th), who was in the medal hunt after fourth rotations, scored a disastrous 11.066 on high bar in the fifth rotation after he and his coach failed to properly set the tension on the high bar. When asked if the high bar settings also affected him, Belyavsky assured that the fall was purely a mental error.

"The problems were with the settings in my head," Belyavsky said.

In contrast, British Olympian Nile Wilson finished sixth and was thrilled with his result, eight months after ankle surgery to repair torn ligaments.

"I couldn't be happier," Wilson told BBC Sport. "The plan was to go for it and that's exactly what I did. I know I'm capable of more and I believe I can stand on top of the podium one day."

Favorites Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) and Manrique Larduet (Cuba) had a disappointing competition. Larduet, the defending all-around silver medalist, avoided major mistakes but seemed to be harshly penalized all night. He finished fifth (86.031), and expressed his frustration with the scoring later. Vernyayev, the all-around silver medalist in Rio, fell off pommel horse in the second rotation, and again on high bar in the sixth rotation, when it was apparent a medal was out of reach.

U.S. champion Yul Moldauer, competing in his first world championships, finished seventh, with the second-best score on floor exercise and fourth-best on pommel horse.

Turkey's Ahmet Önder, ninth, continued to make history for Turkish gymnastics with his top-10 performance.

The competition continues in Montreal on Friday with the women's all-around final at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

2017 World Gymnastics Championships
October 5, Montreal, Canada

Men's All-Around FinalTotal
1. Xiao Ruoteng 5.9 14.433 6.1 14.800 5.7 13.800 5.6 14.900 6.0 14.600 6.0 14.400 86.933
2. Lin Chaopan 6.2 14.516 5.8 14.266 5.6 13.666 5.6 14.900 6.4 14.800 6.2 14.300 86.448
3. Kenzo Shirai 7.2 15.733 5.3 13.433 5.7 13.666 5.6 15.000 6.0 14.633 5.9 13.966 86.431
4. David Belyavsky 5.9 14.066 6.3 14.900 5.5 14.100 5.6 14.783 6.4 15.266 5.6 13.200 86.315
5. Manrique Larduet 6.0 13.933 5.7 13.733 6.1 14.133 5.6 14.966 6.4 14.933 6.1 14.333 86.031
6. Nile Wilson 5.6 14.333 5.8 13.666 5.7 14.300 5.2 14.100 6.3 14.500 6.2 14.433 85.332
7. Yul Moldauer 5.8 14.566 5.4 14.000 5.7 14.066 5.2 14.500 6.0 14.533 5.3 13.333 84.998
8. Oleg Vernyayev 6.2 13.766 6.4 13.333 6.1 14.566 5.6 14.833 6.7 14.966 5.7 12.533 83.997
9. Ahmet Önder 6.0 14.133 4.9 12.933 5.2 13.833 5.2 14.533 6.2 14.933 5.3 13.466 83.831
10. Nikita Nagornyy 6.5 14.500 5.6 13.866 6.0 14.466 5.6 14.800 5.9 14.541 4.9 11.066 83.239
11. Jossimar Calvo 5.8 13.866 6.3 13.800 5.5 13.333 5.2 13.866 6.5 14.600 6.1 13.566 83.031
12. Pablo Brägger 5.7 14.233 5.4 13.266 4.6 13.600 5.2 14.433 6.2 12.700 6.8 14.500 82.732
13. Artur Davtyan 4.7 13.333 5.5 13.400 5.7 14.200 5.6 14.900 4.5 13.766 4.3 12.733 82.332
14. Bae Garam 5.5 13.000 5.4 13.533 4.9 12.866 4.8 14.133 5.6 13.600 5.8 13.400 80.532
15. Caio Souza 5.5 13.900 5.5 11.566 6.0 14.166 5.2 14.500 6.1 14.266 5.5 12.133 80.531
16. Marios Georgiou 5.1 12.500 5.6 12.300 4.9 13.500 4.8 14.000 5.6 14.100 5.5 13.833 80.233
17. Robert Tvorogal 5.1 12.900 4.9 12.866 4.2 13.133 4.8 13.900 5.5 14.100 5.4 13.333 80.232
18. Philipp Herder 5.8 14.133 5.3 12.833 5.5 13.500 5.2 13.000 6.0 14.100 5.3 12.600 80.166
19. Eddy Yusof 5.5 13.566 5.1 11.633 5.6 13.766 5.6 13.433 6.0 14.366 5.4 13.400 80.164
20. Ferhat Arıcan 5.1 11.733 5.7 13.525 4.7 12.900 5.2 14.266 6.3 14.683 5.1 12.933 80.040
21. Zachary Clay 5.2 13.133 5.8 13.566 5.4 13.100 4.8 14.100 5.5 13.100 4.9 12.900 79.899
22. Tomas Kuzmickas 5.7 14.266 4.7 12.866 3.7 11.700 4.8 13.866 5.5 13.633 5.1 13.333 79.664
23. Kevin Cerda 5.3 13.333 4.9 12.266 5.3 12.400 4.8 13.733 4.5 12.366 5.5 12.833 76.931
24. Joel Plata 5.7 13.666 4.1 10.633 5.1 13.500 4.8 13.633 5.4 13.400 5.5 11.866 76.698
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 05 October 2017 15:45    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Men's All-Around
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The shock injury to Japan's Kohei Uchimura during Monday's qualification at the world championships left a major void in the men's all-around final. For the first time in nine years, the men's all-around won't be the story of Uchimura vs. the world, but new history will be made regardless of who wins.

The thrilling showdown last summer in Rio between Uchimura and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) was one of the greatest all-around finals in Olympic history, with Uchimura coming from behind to snatch the title by just .099. But tonight's all-around final should be just as exciting as ever, with Vernyayev, 2016 Olympic all-around silver medalist, and Cuba's Manrique Larduet, 2015 world all-around silver medalist, the obvious favorites. Larduet was the top qualifier in Montreal, but with no scores carrying over, everything begins from zero.

Based on projected Difficulty scores, Vernyayev has the advantage. But he has struggled to handle the difficulty, and his already legendary career features as many misses as victories. He's won back-to-back European all-around titles, but has yet to win a world all-around medal. He was just fifth in qualification after problems on floor exercise, but if he manages to take the title tonight, he will be the first world all-around champion for Ukraine since Lilia Popdkopayeva won in 1995. Vernyayev would also be the first male world champion for independent Ukraine, following in the footsteps of his compatriots Grigory Misyutin (1991), Igor Korobchinsky (1989), Boris Shakhlin (1958) and Viktor Chukarin (1954), who competed under the Soviet flag.

Larduet's silver at the 2015 Worlds made history for Cuban gymnastics. An injury forced him to withdraw from the all-around in Rio, and his performance in qualification shows he is ready to redeem himself. No gymnast has ever won a world championship gold medal for Cuba, and the world all-around title would also be a first for a gymnast from Latin America.

China's Xiao Ruoteng qualified second and had the best Execution scores of the group. (Armenia's Artur Davtyan, 15th, outscored the field in qualification based on Execution.) If he or teammate Lin Chaopan (sixth in qualification) take the title, it would keep the men's world title in Asia for a 13th consecutive year, going back to Hiroyuki Tomita in 2005, Yang Wei's streak from 2006 to 2008, and then Uchimura's dominance from 2009 to 2016.

Two-time Olympian David Belyavsky (Russia) had a great qualification meet, qualifying to three finals. He's been continually frustrated in the all-around competition, finishing fifth in London and Rio, and out of the medals in every world final (6th in 2011, 12th in 2013, 5th in 2014 and 11th in 2015). Teammate Nikita Nagornyy beat him at the Russian Cup in August, but had a dismal performance in qualification, finishing 11th. If he pulls it together tonight, six hit routines could put him on the podium.

Japan's Kenzo Shirai, known as a floor and vault specialist since his world debut in 2013, has made huge improvements in the all-around, and finished second to Uchimura at this year's NHK Trophy. If he hadn't fallen off high bar in qualification, he probably would have qualified first (he finished 1.002 out of first), and he can outscore everyone on not just floor but vault as well.

The men's field is so deep that any of the top 12 in qualification could take a medal. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

2017 Worlds: Qualification Difficulty and Execution

GymnastDifficultyExecution
5.Oleg Vernyayev6.06.65.55.66.76.036.449.231 (13)
1.Manrique Larduet6.05.86.15.66.46.336.2-0.250.499 (6)
3.David Belyavsky5.86.45.55.66.45.835.5-0.950.739 (3)
6.Lin Chaopan6.25.85.35.66.46.235.5-0.949.315 (12)
4.Kenzo Shirai7.25.35.75.66.05.635.4-1.050.297 (8)
2.Xiao Ruoteng5.96.15.75.66.05.935.2-1.251.197 (2)
11.Nikita Nagornyy6.75.66.05.25.95.635.0-1.447.598 (17)
12.Jossimar Calvo5.86.35.55.25.86.134.7-1.747.799 (16)
14.Caio Souza5.55.86.05.26.15.634.2-2.247.348 (18)
9.Pablo Brägger5.65.44.65.26.46.834.0-2.450.098 (9)
7.Yul Moldauer5.85.65.75.26.05.333.6-2.850.731 (5)
8.Nile Wilson5.54.85.75.25.86.133.1-3.350.732 (4)
17.Philipp Herder5.85.35.45.26.05.333.0-3.446.831 (22)
19.Eddy Yusof5.64.85.65.66.05.232.8-3.646.264 (23)
10.Ahmet Önder6.04.65.25.26.25.332.5-3.950.298 (7)
13.Ferhat Arıcan5.45.74.75.26.35.132.4-4.049.898 (10)
16.Marios Georgiou5.56.14.64.85.65.632.2-4.249.132 (15)
18.Kevin Cerda5.74.95.44.85.26.232.2-4.247.032 (20)
23.Zachary Clay5.25.55.44.85.55.431.8-4.646.832 (21)
24.Joel Plata5.85.14.84.85.45.831.7-4.745.732 (24)
22.Bae Garam5.45.34.94.85.35.931.6-4.847.099 (19)
15.Artur Davtyan4.75.45.75.64.54.330.2-6.251.264 (1)
21.Robert Tvorogal5.14.94.24.85.55.329.8-6.649.164 (14)
20.Tomas Kuzmickas5.74.73.74.85.55.129.5-6.949.497 (11)

 
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 05 October 2017 14:27    PDF Print
Fragapane Credits 'Strictly' For Newfound Floor Flair
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British Olympian Claudia Fragapane, who qualified fourth for Sunday's floor exercise final at the world championships in Montreal, credits her showy performance style to the experience and confidence she gained last fall as a contestant on the popular BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing.

British Olympian Claudia Fragapane, who qualified fourth for Sunday's floor exercise final at the world championships in Montreal, credits her showy performance style to the experience and confidence she gained as a contestant on the popular BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing.


Claudia Fragapane (Great Britain)

"It was an amazing opportunity to do different dance techniques, and the whole reason I wanted to do (the show) was because I wanted to bring some of that Strictly into my floor routines," said Fragapane, who made it to the semi-finals of the show last fall. "So I've got a little bit of Argentine tango, a little bit of Charleston, a little bit of tango, and I'm trying to do different facial expressions. And in every corner I do something different."

Fragapane, who turns 20 later this month, will be competing in her third consecutive world championships final on floor exercise. In September, the Commonwealth Games champion won the gold medal on floor at the World Cup event in Paris.

Fragapane praised her Strictly partner, professional dancer AJ Pritchard, for inspiring her to infuse her floor routine with more personality.

"(Pritchard) said to be more confident and use those facial expressions," Fragapane said. "I'm a person who's like,'I'm just going to do my best and keep my head down,' so that really did bring me out of my shell and allow me to express who I am, and just be really confident."

The competition continues in Montreal on Thursday with the men's all-around final at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
Written by dwight normile    Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:10    PDF Print
Crunching the Numbers in Montreal
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Now that the qualifications at the 2017 Montreal World Championships are finished, let's crunch a few numbers.

Before we do, let's note that at the individual worlds in 2013, there were 80 women who tried to qualify to the all-around, and 81 men. In 2009 there were 83 women and 74 men.

Women's competition: Among the 75 women attempting to qualify to the all-around final, there were 16 execution scores of 9.0 or higher, and all were on vault. The E-scores of those all-arounders across all four events ranged from 1.466 to 9.300. On balance beam, there was only one E-score score of 8.0 or above (8.133). Among the specialists, there was one 9+ E-score on uneven bars, a 9.033, and a few more on vault.

The difference in total score from the leader, Mai Murakami (55.933) and last place, Milca Leon (33.431), was 22.502.

Men's competition: Among the 59 men attempting to qualify to the all-around final, there were 24 execution scores of 9.0 or higher, and all but one was on vault. A 9.233 was awarded on parallel bars. The E-scores on all six events ranged from 3.766 to 9.633. Among the specialists, there were two 9+ scores on rings, a 9.10 and 9.033, a 9.033 on p-bars and several more on vault.

The difference in total score from the leader, Manrique Larduet (86.699), and last place, Ahmed Mosa (61.398), was 25.301.

Suffice to say, gymnastics is really hard under the open-ended Code of Points, which, by its design, entices gymnasts to attempt their hardest skills. If you can't score a 9.0 on any apparatus but vault, you might as well throw your most difficult tricks since the D-score is immune to deduction. The natural evolution of the sport was suddenly put into overdrive because of the open-ended Code.

The result of that trend was on full display during the qualifications in Montreal, where there were more falls than Niagara and a multitude of injuries. This Code has simply made the sport too difficult for the majority of countries.

We can only hope that the FIG takes notice, and also takes the necessary steps to make gymnastics more beautiful than it is right now.

Numbers don't lie.

 


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